Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
"Jesus Christ, the Son of God, was born and died in unique circumstances," said Elder Carlos H. Amado of the Seventy during the Saturday morning session of general conference. "He performed innumerable miracles among those who accepted Him as the one sent from God."
Describing the life and mission of the Savior, Elder Amado gave several examples from the scriptures illustrating His divinity. Even though Christ gave His apostles the authority and power to do miracles "and greater works" (John 14:12), said Elder Amado, He never delegated to them the privilege of forgiving sins. That right belonged to Him only, because He is the Son of God.
"His power over death was also a divine attribute," said Elder Amado. The daughter of Jairus (Luke 8:54), the widow's son (Luke 7:14) and Lazarus (John 11:43) were all brought back from the dead, he said.
"Later on the Living Christ celebrated in Jerusalem, along with His Apostles, the last Feast of the Passover, established the ordinance of the sacrament and gave them the commandment to love one another through sincere service," said Elder Amado.
He then spoke of the agony the Savior experienced in Gethsemane. " in the most sublime show of His love for humankind, and in the full exercise of His will, He walked bravely and determinedly to face His most demanding trial in utter loneliness, He suffered the most intense agony, bleeding from each pore. In total submission before His Father, He atoned for our sins and also took upon Him our illnesses and afflictions in order to know how to succor us" (Alma 7:11-14).
Of the crucifixion Elder Amado said, "At each moment of His suffering, the Redeemer of the world showed exceptional self-control. He always thought of blessing others; with kindness and tenderness, He pleaded for John to take care of His mother, Mary."
Even while His disciples mourned His death, Christ was busy fulfilling His Father's plan by bringing salvation among the dead during three days in the spirit world, said Elder Amado.
"Christ was the first to be resurrected and never die again, to possess forever a perfect eternal body," said Elder Amado. "I testify that Christ will return in a way very different from His first coming. He will come in power and glory, with all the just and faithful saints."